Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Jordan Henderson for taking the initiative to set up a coronavirus crisis fund but fears there will be complications for the Liverpool captain.   

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims there will be a lot of “red tape” with a large proportion of Premier League players from abroad.

Henderson held talks with captains of other top-flight clubs to discuss the creation of a relief fund to raise money for the NHS during this unprecedented health crisis.

However, with many Premier League players already sending money back to their native countries there is doubts over whether foreign players would advocate donating large amounts to the NHS.

Phillips insisted such players are well within their right to do so and have no moral obligation to prioritise the UK over their own country.

“We have seen a lot of the foreign players sending big money – look at Pep Guardiola sending a lot of money over to Spain. Other players have sent money to their home countries. It is where they are from, where they are born and bred.

“Maybe they can split it a little bit but the bulk of what they want to give should go to the hospitals where they are from.

“It is a difficult one. It is great what Jordan is trying to do but I imagine there will be a lot of red tape and it will not be that straight forward. There is a lot of foreign players in the league, maybe even fifty-fifty. But I hope and I am sure they will do something.”

Pep Guardiola, who lost his mother to COVID-19 last week, donated E1million to his home country Spain to help provide medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus.

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